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Fears In Delta As ‘Fulani Jihadists’ Threaten To Wreck Havoc

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Fears In Delta As 'Fulani Jihadists' Threaten To Wreck Havoc

Residents of Asaba, Delta State capital, have been thrown into confusion, following a threat letter by Fulani jihadists to attack the capital city over Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s support for the ban on open grazing in the southern part of the country.

The threat letter, which was pasted in some parts of the state, including the premises of Living Faith Bible Church (aka Winners Chapel), Infant Jesus Road in Asaba, the Fulani jihadists vowed to carry out their threat if Okowa does not withdraw his support for the ban on open grazing within 72 hours.

The Fulani fundamentalists in the letter, entitled “Fulani Jihadist Warning: An Open Message of 2 Paragraphs To Delta State.”

It reads: “This is to inform Delta State that the Fulanis of Usman Dan Fodio leadership shall do everything it can to uphold the legacy of our heritage of open grazing, for we are nomadic people from origination and shall never negotiate the ownership of Nigeria and West Africa and sub-Sahara.

“We, hereby, ask the governor of Delta State to immediately withdraw his earlier stand on the ban of open grazing in 17 regions in not less than 72 hours from the above date and also withdraw his position as the leading voice of the governors, even before the hosting of the South-South, South-East and South-South governors meeting in Asaba.

“Failure to adhere to this demand for being the host of the 17 governors, Delta State, most likely the city of Asaba and Agbor, shall encounter severe consequences than that of Bornu, Kebbi, Kastina, Kaduna, Enugu, Benue, Oyo and many more that will not respect the Fulani’s heritage.

“We take responsibility for the detonated explosive uncovered in the state secretariat, which should serve as warning to the Delta State government for what is to come, should the governor fail to abide by our demand.

“We advise all Fulanis and northerners, including the security personnel, to leave Delta State as soon as possible for the wind of our action is now present in the land. For failure of the governor to adhere to our call, this shall leave us with no choice.”

This threat is coming weeks after governors of the 17 southern states met in Asaba, the state capital, where they banned open grazing of cattle in the region, which was rejected by the Federal Government through the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who claimed the decision of the governors violates the rights of herdsmen to free movement.

Newsrand, however, understands that the Nigerian constitution only guarantees the free movement of persons, but not of livestock.

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Sanwo-Olu Gives N10m Each To Bereaved Families Of Late Officers

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Sanwo-Olu Gives N10Mn Each To Bereaved Families Of Late Officers

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has honored three policemen who died in the course of their duties in the state with N30 million.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, presented three individual beneficiary cheques of N10 million each to the bereaved families at the Government House, Alausa-Ikeja.

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Media Director, Rapid Respond Squad [RRS], Mr. Taofiq Adebayo.

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The three beneficiary families include late Insp. Ajibola Gafari, PC Olufemi Richards of the RRS, and ASP Omisore Olamide of Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit).

The governor,  who empathized with the affected families, described the monetary support as a token and the government’s effort at comforting affected families.

He pointed out that no amount of financial gift could make up for the lost lives and the gallantry of the fallen Patriots.

He appreciated the gallantry of the deceased operatives, reassuring the families and Lagos residents of the government’s commitment to always work for the good and well-being of the masses.

A son of one of the deceased, Mr. Olufemi Odeniyi, who spoke on behalf of the three families, expressed appreciation to Governor Sanwo-Olu for the money, describing it as a lifeline.

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Ex-Nasarawa State Gov, Wife, Arrested For Alleged Corruption

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Ex-Nasarawa State Gov, Wife, Arrested For Alleged Corruption
Tanko Al-Makura

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited former Governor of Nasarawa State and serving senator, Tanko Al-Makura, and his wife, Mairo, over alleged corruption.

A source at the commission disclosed this to Newsmen on Wednesday evening.

As of the time of filing this report, the couple was being grilled by operatives of the anti-graft agency at its headquarters in Abuja.

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The source did not give details of the allegation against the ex-governor and his wife.

Spokesperson of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren when contacted declined to comment on the couple’s arrest.

Al-Makura was the Governor of Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2019 before he was elected as Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

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Ondo Guber: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Akeredolu

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Ondo Guber: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Akeredolu
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State

The Supreme Court on Wednesday in a split judgment of four-to-three upheld the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Oct. 10, 2020 governorship election.

In the majority judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, four of the seven-member panel dismissed the appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the grounds that it was incompetent.

Justice Agim upheld an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal, that the petition filed by Jegede and his party at the election tribunal was incompetent because they failed to include the Yobe Governor and Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the APC, Mai Mala-Buni as a party.

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In the minority judgment read by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, the court upheld the appeal and dismiss the cross-appeal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akeredolu, and the APC.

Odili and two other members of the panel were of the view that since the APC, for which Buni acted, was a party in the case, there was no need to include him as a party.

The main appeal was filed by the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the last governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede against Akeredolu, challenging the competence of APC’s sponsorship of Akeredolu for the election. 

Jegede approached the electoral petitions tribunal praying that the declaration of Akeredolu as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be set aside.

He also prayed the apex court to declare him the winner on grounds that the emergence of the APC candidate breached the nation’s constitution.

On July 16, the Court of Appeal led by Justice Theresa Orji-Abadua had dismissed the petition filed by Jegede while affirming Akeredolu as the winner of the poll.

In its verdict, the Appeal Court had out of 7 issues raised for determination resolved four and a half in favor of Jegede and the rest two and a half in favor of Akeredolu.

Not satisfied with the decision of the Appellate Court, both Akeredolu, Jegede, and INEC approached the Supreme Court for the invalidation of both the Election Petition Tribunal and Appeal Court.

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